If you own firearms but do not have a licence and have not registered them you can still apply with no penalties. We are making every effort to help firearm owners comply with the law. If you need assistance, call us. An amnesty protected you from penalties under the Criminal Code until May 16, 2013 if you only possess non-restricted firearms and you had a licence but it expired. You will need to comply with the licensing requirement or dispose of your firearms before the amnesty ends.
In all other cases, you risk penalties if a peace officer finds you in possession of a firearm without a valid licence and/or registration certificate. To minimize that risk, we urge you to apply as quickly as possible.
You need a valid firearms licence to be able to register your firearms. The Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) is the only licence currently available to new applicants. If you have a licence, you can apply to register your firearms online for free through Canada Firearms Centre Website or by submitting a paper application.
Firearms being registered for the first time in Canada need to be verified by an approved verifier.